Washington University (Mo.) Leads First Winter 2011-12 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings|
March 15, 2012
CLEVELAND - Washington University (Mo.) is in first place with 511.50 total points in the first set of winter standings of the 2011-12 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. The Bears added to their fall total of 372.00 total points by finishing third in women's track & field and 18th in men's track and field.
In third place with 407.50 points is Wisconsin Whitewater. The Warhawks scored in all three winter championships: eighth in both men's track & field and wrestling, 21st in women's track & field to add 193.50 points to the total from the fall.
The Knights from Wartburg (Iowa) sit in fourth place with 382.75 total points. Wartburg captured both the wrestling and women's track & field championships and placed 14th in men's track & field to add to their 122.00 points from the fall.
North Central (Ill.) rounds out the top five with 379.00 total points, finishing first in men's track & field, ninth in wrestling and 55th in women's track & field. This added 184.00 points to their fall total.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference is leading the way with two of its institutions still in the top 10. Following second place Middlebury (Vt.) is Williams (Mass.) in eighth.
To date, three of seven winter NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: men's track & field - North Central (Ill.); women's track & field - Wartburg (Iowa); wrestling - Wartburg (Iowa).
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.
The final Division III winter standings will be released March 29.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.
About Learfield Sports: The 2011-12 athletics season marks its fourth year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly four decades, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate properties, including flagship Mizzou, which it has represented since 1975. An operating unit of Learfield Communications, the company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, provides exclusive sports programming to more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide and creates nearly 7,000 radio game broadcasts and coaches' shows each year. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships also feature comprehensive corporate sponsorship platforms, official university publications, Internet, digital media, hospitality and game-day events. To learn more about Learfield Sports' expertise, its history and complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.